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JHU Applied Physics Laboratory’s Christine Fox to Present Talk at Howard Community College April 23

Fox Formerly Served as Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense, Highest-Ranking Female Official in Department’s History
Christine Fox.

Columbia, MD – Christine H. Fox, assistant director for policy and analysis of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, in Laurel, Maryland, will present a community talk on Tuesday, April 23 at 7 p.m. at Howard Community College. Free and open to the public, her talk, “More to Math: From Education to Real-World Application,” will take place in the college’s Smith Theatre, located in the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Passionate about mathematics, Fox has a long career of utilizing her analytical skills to support and lead the nation’s defense operations. She recently served as the Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense between December 2013 and May 2014. With her appointment, she became the highest-ranking female official in history to serve in the Department of Defense.

From 2009 to 2013, Fox served as director of cost assessment and program evaluation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In that position, she was the principal civilian advisor to the Secretary of Defense for analyzing and evaluating plans, programs, and budgets in relation to U.S. defense objectives and resource constraints.

She began her career as an analyst for naval fighter pilots at Miramar Naval Air Station through the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA), a federally funded research and development center. During her 28 years at CNA, she oversaw analysis of real-world operations, from the first Gulf War and the operations in Bosnia and Kosovo in the 1990s, to the operations in Afghanistan immediately following the September 11th attacks, and the operation in Iraq in early 2003. She concluded her time at CNA as its president and as the scientific analyst to the chief of naval operations.

She is a three-time recipient of the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal. She has also been awarded the Department of the Army’s Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service.

For more information, please contact the Mathematics Division at 443-518-1580 or

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